Australia tour of England confirmed

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After successfully hosting West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan (in the ongoing series), England will host Australia for a white ball-tour next month.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday, August 14 confirmed that rescheduled Australia tour of England, comprising 3 T20Is and an equal number of ODIs, will take place in September.

The white-ball tour of Australia, which was originally scheduled to be played in July but had to be postponed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, will commence with T20Is series on September 4 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

After the three T20Is on September 4, September 6 and September 8 at the Ageas Bowl, both the teams will move to the Emirates Old Trafford for three ODIs on September 11, September 13 and September 16.

Australian squad is expected to reach the UK on August 24 and will be housed at Derbyshire’s the Incora County Ground after which they will move to the Ageas Bowl on August 27 after the Third Test between England and Pakistan.

Visitors will play a 50-over intra-squad practice game and three T20 practice matches before the start of the series.

ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison expressed his gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of Cricket Australia (CA) for their efforts in ensuring the tour.

“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of Cricket Australia for their efforts in getting this tour underway. Their co-operation to ensure these matches are staged is crucial to cricket in this country.

It will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we work through the challenges in front of us,” Harrison said.

He further termed the series as a perfect way to culminate the men’s international season in this English summer.

Cricket Australia interim Chief Executive Officer, Nick Hockley, added: “We are very excited to be heading to England and to get back into the international fray. We congratulate the ECB on leading the resumption of the game in a way that places the health and safety of players and staff at its core.

“We would also like to thank the Australian Government for granting travel exemptions for the Australian men’s team, as well as all those who have worked tirelessly to put together a plan that allows for the tour to progress in a bio-secure way.”

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